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Published Apr 23, 2013

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Inboxer Rebellion (DarkProfits)

Claim:   Your credit card has been charged $149.95 by DarkProfits.com for "1 Month Child Porn Unlimited Online Access."

Status:   False.

Example:   [Collected on the Internet, 2004]

Subject: Thank you for your order

Dear customer,

We are glad to inform you, that your DarkProfits.com Sales Order has been successfully completed.

Sales order number: 3445096-01.04
Customer' Number: 1333027
Amount charged: $149.95
Time of charge:
Product ordered: 1 Month Child Porn Unlimited Online Access.
Customer' Email: somebody@thisaddress.com

Please note, that refunds are not available for this type of transactions.
Your credit card was charged by www.darkprofits.com, it will appear on
your next credit card's statement.

Kings regards,

DarkProfits.com Sales Department.


You can also cancel your order by phone:
call us +1 877 479 7378

Origins:   This spammed message — informing recipients that $149.95 charges have been placed on their credit cards for "1 Month Child Porn Unlimited Online Access" — is but the latest in a series of pranks directed at the DarkProfits web site. (Previous entries included a phony DarkProfits advertisement offering all sorts of illegal goods and services for sale and a similar bogus credit card charge alert.)

The perpetrators of this message don't really have an unauthorized list of credit card numbers, no charges have been placed against anyone's account, nor does DarkProfits.com sell access to child pornography. This item is just one more "joe job" prank (an attempt to pin blame on an uninvolved third party by forging messages in their name) intended to get people riled up at DarkProfits.com.

Calling the phone number listed in the "joe job" message quoted above will connect the caller to another innocent victim, AboveNet (an Internet Service Provider), an outfit that has been flooded with calls and has now placed an option on their voice messaging system to deal with them.

Last updated:   29 January 2004


David Mikkelson founded the site now known as snopes.com back in 1994.

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